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Dodgers to skip Dan Haren's next start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Dodgers will skip Dan Haren at least once through the rotation, ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.

Haren won't pitch again until at least Aug. 2, and he may not have a spot in the rotation by that point if the team brings in a starting pitcher before the trade deadline. He gave up five runs in five innings Wednesday and has lost four straight starts.

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Padres need to be overwhelmed to trade Ian Kennedy
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Padres have told some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade pitcher Ian Kennedy, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Padres have already dealt Chase Headley and Huston Street, but they are looking for a substantial return in order to part with Kennedy or Joaquin Benoit. The Yankees are one of the teams reportedly interested in the Kennedy, though the Padres could decide to hang on to the starter. He owns a 3.62 ERA and 137:37 K:BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings.

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Joe Nathan to remain the closer
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Tigers reliever Joe Nathan will remain the team's closer, according to MLB.com.

Detroit acquired Joakim Soria Wednesday, muddying up the roles in the bullpen. According to general manager Dave Dombrowski, Nathan will proceed as the club's closer. Nathan has a 5.89 ERA over 36 2/3 innings. 

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Santiago Casilla earns seventh save Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Giants closer Santiago Casilla locked up his seventh save Wednesday, giving up one earned run on two hits in his team's 3-1 win over the Phillies.

Casilla surrendered a one-out double before giving up an RBI single with two outs, but he retired the following batter to finish off the win. He has successfully converted all seven of his save opportunities in July. Casilla owns a 1.16 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 28:11 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.

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Madison Bumgarner spins eight scoreless innings in win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner picked up a win Wednesday, giving up just five hits in eight scoreless innings and striking out six in his team's 3-1 victory over the Phillies.

Bumgarner (12-7) made it through eight innings without giving up a run, but he was still looking at a no-decision before his team broke the scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the ninth. He owns a 3.19 ERA and 141:34 K:BB ratio in 141 innings. Bumgarner is scheduled to face the Pirates Monday.

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Jonathan Papelbon takes loss Wednesday vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was charged with a loss Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out two in an inning of work in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Giants.

Papelbon (2-2) came into a scoreless game in the ninth inning. He walked a pair of batters and hit another to load the bases with two outs before Hunter Pence came through with a bases-clearing double. Papelbon has a loss and a blown save in his last two starts, but he still owns a 1.96 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 37:11 K:BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings.

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A.J. Burnett twirls eight scoreless innings vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up four hits and four walks in eight scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 3-1 loss to the Giants.

Burnett turned in his first scoreless outing since the end of April but was matched across the diamond by Madison Bumgarner. He owns a 3.86 ERA and 119:62 K:BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings. Burnett is scheduled to square off against the Mets in New York Monday.

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Hanley Ramirez yet to swing a bat
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has yet to swing a bat while dealing with a hand injury, the Orange County Register reports.

Manager Don Mattingly said the shortstop is still "feeling it" in his hand when he picks up a bat and moves it around. He was limited to indoor work Wednedsay, MLB.com reports. Mattingly does not expect Ramirez to be placed on the disabled list.

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Lance Lynn strikes out seven in loss vs. Rays
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn took a loss Wednesday, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings and striking out seven in his team's 3-0 defeat against the Rays.

Lynn (11-7) turned in his fourth straight quality start Wednesday, but he was outdueled by the opposition to end his three-game winning streak. He owns a 3.05 ERA and 117:49 K:BB ratio in 127 innings. Lynn is set to take on the Padres Tuesday.

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Rangers acquire two minor-league pitchers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Rangers have acquired pitchers Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson from the Tigers.

Texas will give up closer Joakim Soria in the deal. Knebel has tossed 8 2/3 innings in the majors this season, but has mostly pitched in the minors. He has a 1.62 ERA spread over two levels. Thompson is currently in Double-A. He's posted a 3.06 ERA over two levels. 

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